Listen, hear, act: challenging medicine's culture of bad behaviour

Kimberley D Ivory
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00331
Published online: 15 June 2015

There is no place for humiliation, discrimination or any kind of harassment in medical education

A perfect storm occurs when a situation is exacerbated by a rare combination of events. In recent media reports, there has been a perfect storm of accusations of every kind of abuse levelled against the medical profession by some of its own. Abuse is not new. Few who have experienced medical training can honestly say we have never seen nor been victims of any form of bullying or humiliation throughout that process. But the rare exacerbation early this year was the separate deaths of four junior trainees, apparently by suicide, followed soon after by Dr Gabrielle McMullin's comments about the sexual harassment of female surgical trainees.1

  • University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

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